UPDATE: Camp Lejeune Marine Identified

The Marine Corps says a Marine who died after collapsing at a California training base was from West Virginia.

The Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center in Twentynine Palms said Monday that 22-year-old Lance Cpl. Jonathan S. Long of Barboursville collapsed Saturday night and was pronounced dead after being flown to a Palm Springs hospital.

Long was a bulk fuel specialist with the 8th Engineer Support Battalion, 2nd Marine Logistics Group. His job was to keep tactical vehicles fueled.

The unit is at the Combat Center for a 35-day exercise to certify readiness for deployment.

Long collapsed during personal time after a day of training. A Marine statement says his death remains under investigation but does not appear to have been training-related.

Long previously served a seven-month deployment in Afghanistan.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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Officials say a Camp Lejeune Marine has collapsed and died after a day of training in the California desert in preparation for deployment to Afghanistan.

The Marine Corps announced Sunday that the Marine, part of the 2nd Marine Logistics Group based at Camp Lejeune, N.C., collapsed during personal time Saturday night at the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center in Twenty-nine Palms.

He was flown to Desert Regional Medical Center in Palm Springs, where he was pronounced dead.

The death is under investigation, and the Marine's name is being withheld while relatives are notified.

The unit was undergoing the Enhanced Mojave Viper pre-deployment training program in preparation for going to Afghanistan.

The death comes three days after seven Marines were killed about 200 miles away when two helicopters collided during training.

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  • by Mother of Marine on Feb 29, 2012 at 05:40 AM
    In reply to anonymous. It does not matter WHERE he died. He died serving his country and he died for you. He was a brave man to be serving in the military. To the family of Lance Clp. Long, please accept my deepest sympathy, you are in my prayers. My son is 22 and also a Marine. My son, your son, and all the military are in my thoughts and prayers.
  • by Retired Enlisted Marine on Feb 27, 2012 at 05:56 PM
    Semper Fi Brother.
  • by REM Location: ENC on Feb 27, 2012 at 04:54 PM
    3 out of the 4 comments here are about a typo instead of offering condolences and thanks for a fallen soldier. My prayers are with the family.
  • by Bob Location: Washington on Feb 27, 2012 at 10:22 AM
    Wordsmith ? You are using fragmented sentences. You are doing it all wrong.
  • by ncyankee Location: enc on Feb 27, 2012 at 06:25 AM
    God bless him and his family. this is sad, once again, there are to many lives being lost over this country. time to get out. RIP
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      by Anonymous on Feb 27, 2012 at 10:40 PM in reply to ncyankee
      That comment would have made sense if he died over THERE. Training will take place whether there is a war or not. Deaths happen during training too. It's a reality of the military.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 26, 2012 at 11:49 PM
    OOficials... wow...
  • by Wordsmith on Feb 26, 2012 at 08:43 PM
    Typo: First letter. First word. You're doing it wrong.

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